The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Directors was held on 05 December 2017.


Membership Response to Board Requests Requests – A memorandum from Dr. Stewart dated 16 November 2017 indicates the following decisions by the Members of the Corporation:

  1. a) Retirement of Future Debt
  2. b) Appointment of Ms. Gillet to Board (Non-voting)
  3. c) Revision of Vision Statement


Thank You Card from Trottier Family — This card from Anne Bethune and the Trottier family thanked the Board of Directors for the flowers sent at the time of their mother’s (Marguerite’s) funeral.


Development of Former Regional House Property in Amherstview – For this item, Sister Valade provided an update:  three congregations were invited to the recent official opening and were served a delicious lunch.  A physician from Napanee purchased the property several years ago and developed it.  The facility is now called The Windsor Retirement Home and offers retirement living and low-income housing.  The main entrance is beautiful.  In the entry to the former Chapel, the stained glass of the Holy Family was preserved.  The former Chapel area is now a quiet area and library.  The former altar is now a fireplace area.  The marble, steps and rail were kept.  The kitchen and dining room are in the same location as before.  The lettering “St. Joseph Regional House” remains as well as the statues and bell from the monastery.  The grounds are beautiful.  All are pleased that the new owner has respected the wishes of the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph and that this repurposed facility honours the mission of the Sisters while maintaining its heritage.

Film of the Closing of Hotel Dieu Hospital in Montreal, “The Last Breath” – Efforts will be made to have this film available for viewing at the next Board meeting.  Sister Cuddihy will lend us the DVD.


Mrs. Lafrance-Allaire’s report included Sub-acute Capacity Planning (SACP), Small Hospital Status (new designation for Hotel Dieu Hospital, Cornwall), 2017-18 Management Goals (update), Resident Quality Inspection (appended to Administration Report), Staff Education (Annual Training completed in November), Good News Items (Silver Level achieved for “Healthy Foods” Project; Ministry promises new investments in Long-Term Care including 30,000 beds over ten years plus an increase to four hours of care per resident per day) and Census Data.

Policy Review – The Board of Directors approved the following policies as presented:  1) Corporate Policy #3-a-92 re Procurement Code of Ethics; and 2) Corporate Policy #3-a-91 re Corporate Procurement Policy.

Smoke-Free Facility – As of 01 January 2018, smoking and vaping will no longer be permitted on the Centre’s property in order to comply with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.


Palliative and End-of-Life Care Education for Staff – Appended to the minutes was the full learning package which was provided to every employee during the Annual Education Days.

Lights of Hope Campaign – Ms. MacLennan reminded the Board of the Foundation’s Lights of Hope Campaign which is presently underway.


Financial Statements – Ms. Doré reviewed the statements and responded to questions.  A surplus is forecast for year end.  The Board of Directors approved the Financial Statements for the Period Ending 31 October 2017 as presented.

Management Fiduciary Statement – The Board of Directors approved the Management Fiduciary Statement for October 2017.

Cybersecurity Insurance –The Committee is reviewing cybersecurity insurance.  More information will be available at the next meeting.

Construction Feasibility Study – Renderings will soon be available for this project.

Hospital Accountability Planning Submission (HAPS) — While the move to a small hospital for 2018/19 had been communicated, no information regarding funding has been received.  Therefore, in order to have a HAPS submitted by November 24th, the assumptions were that our current revenues would be carried forward with a 1% budgeted increase in the base and Health System Funding Reform (HSFR) funds.  There will be further discussion with the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) through December and possibly January before it is finalized.


Snowflake Bazaar – Mrs. Payette invited all to this important event on December 7th in Jeanne Mance Hall.  Crafts, Christmas articles, baked goods and gently-used white elephant items will be available for purchase, and a raffle will be held.


Dr. Yitemben Tchouatieu – The Board of Directors approved Dr. Yitemben Tchouatieu’s appointment to the Associate Staff.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES – The Centre’s Education Calendar for December 2017 and Governance Educational Opportunities were circulated to the Board of Directors for information.


 The next regular Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 at noon in the Boardroom.

Summary of the December 2017 Board of Directors Meeting